The Psychological Society of Ireland



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Press release issued on 13/11/2015

Psychological Society of Ireland forges international links with the British Psychological Society and American Psychological Association

PSI President Dr Paul D'Alton (right) pictured with BPS President Prof. Jamie Hacker Hughes and APA President Barry Anton, who linked in via Skype, for the signings of the Memorandums of Understanding

This year’s Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) saw the Society forge strong international links with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and with the American Psychological Association (APA) through the PSI’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the BPS, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding signing with the APA. The signings took place during the 45th PSI Annual Conference, which is being held at the Radisson Blu, Galway from 11 – 14 November 2015.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the PSI and the BPS marks a move to even greater cooperation and mutual understanding between the two organisations, with the Memorandum of Understanding building on the previously signed Memorandum of Cooperation, and aims to forge an even closer working relationship. This will include greater collaboration between PSI and the BPS Northern Ireland Branch in the organisation and running of joint conferences and activities for members of both Societies.

On signing the PSI and BPS Memorandum of Understanding, PSI President Paul D’Alton said: “This is an historic day for both our Societies; we look forward to the many years to come of close collaboration and friendships with our nearest neighbour the British Psychological Society. Together we can advance the science of psychology to bring about greater good not only in Ireland and the UK but further afield.”

BPS President Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes said: "I am delighted to be in Galway with the PSI President Dr Paul D'Alton along with many other eminent Irish psychologists from distinguished universities. Our two Societies have much in common and this signing, as we approach the commemorative year of the Easter Rising, signifies our hope for a future of increased collaboration, closer working and friendship between psychologists from our countries."

The PSI also took the opportunity of the Society’s Annual Conference to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the APA. This collaboration will seek to identify projects and activities in which the PSI and the APA may work together, assist and support one another, and cooperate for the betterment of psychology and the public interest. With the APA’s President Dr Barry Anton not being able to attend the Conference in person, the PSI chose to have a virtual signing via Skype.

PSI’s Dr Paul D’Alton said: “This is a very exciting advancement for psychology in Ireland. Our partnership with the APA adds to the strength of the voice of psychology in Ireland. We are committed to using this voice to advance the science for psychology for the betterment of individuals, families and wider society.”

APA President Dr Barry Anton added: “APA is delighted to partner with our Irish colleagues. We have much in common and significant opportunities for collaboration.”


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